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October 2006 Issue

 

Witchy Women
Spotlight on Witch Featured Romance

Special Features

Publisher Spotlight: Silhouette Nocturne
Spook-Tacular Romance
 

Devyn Quinn

Award-winning author Devyn Quinn lives amid the scenic Southwest Texas plains with fifteen cats, four ferrets, and one Shih Tzu puppy. A huge fan of dark gothic literature, Devyn is a recent Romantic Times Nominee and CAPA Award winner. Writing with a style that has depth, fire, and fiendish imagination, Devyn makes her New York debut with FLESH AND THE DEVIL and is currently working on her next goth-erotic title.


An Interview with Devyn Quinn

PNR: How long have you been writing? What inspired you to choose writing as a career?

Devyn Q.: I’ve been writing off and on for almost 20 years. I actually wanted to become a writer about the time I learned to read. As early as the first grade I had a fascination with books and the stories they held. Learning to read opened up the whole world and I just knew I’d be a part of it someday. Of course, I didn’t know it was going to be the longest, hardest, most frustrating road I’d ever walk in life.

PNR: Do you have a strict writing schedule? How do you balance your personal and writing time?

Devyn Q.: When I am working on a novel, I try to get in a solid 2000 words a day. What time that might happen, I don’t know. Family and job commitments are always managing to take precedence over sitting down and writing. I’ve had to train my family not to call or come over when I am trying to write. They are finally learning it’s a business now, not a hobby.

PNR: Most authors are avid readers; what is your favorite genre to read? Favorite authors?

Devyn Q.: Because of time constraints, I don’t read as much as I would like to. When I do read, it’s mainly history or biographies. In my youth I was a Stephen King fanatic and read almost everything he published up to the early 90’s. And I read so many gothic romances that I can’t recall who wrote them—that’s how many there were. Thousands, I am sure. I rarely, rarely read fiction, but when I do, I prefer a genre I don’t write in. I usually pick up one of John Grisham’s legal thrillers or a memoir, such as Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes.  

PNR: What has been the biggest influence on your work?  Who or what has been your biggest support?

Devyn Q.: I’ll admit the biggest influences are movies and television shows touching on the genre I write.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Night Stalker, X Files, Dark Shadows, Matrix, Lord of the Rings, etc… I gobble them up with a spoon. As for supporters, I’ve got a totally great support group of fellow writers (www.wildandwicked.net) who keep me going and give me much needed encouragement when I am depressed with my writing. My family has never considered my writing important or worthwhile and do not really care for it or support it, as the genre falls outside the parameters of their personal religious beliefs. They would prefer I didn’t write, LOL

PNR: What are the greatest challenges to you as an author?

Devyn Q.: Starting a book. That’s the toughest challenge. Second is creating something fresh and original out of the old tried and true genres.

PNR: Reviewers and readers love your gothic novel, THE KEEPER OF ETERNITY, how does it feel to have such positive recognition of your work? 

Devyn Q.: That book is my most favorite, as it was my first full novel. I am pleased to say that my work has received some great reviews and awards. Hearing that someone enjoyed my novel keeps my feet off the ground for days. My first goal was to write stories people would enjoy. For a writer to know someone read and liked their book, well no other feeling in the world can compare to the joy that brings to the heart.

PNR: Where did the idea for the story come from? How do you develop your story ideas?

Devyn Q.: The idea appeared when I was about 13. For some reason or other, a beloved soap opera character was killed off. I spent years writing scenarios that would get him out of the grave. Somehow, the character of Morgan Saint-Evanston developed—my cluelessly rude medieval Irish assassin with a weakness for whisky, women and slaying the occasional demon. I liked Morgan so much that when I needed an assassin in the Kith & Kynn series (Kensington Books, October ’07) it seemed natural for Morgan to crossover. I had a blast letting him loose, showing readers he had a sense of humor about being the living embodiment of the Grim Reaper.

PNR: You have been complemented on your masterful weaving of paranormal elements and dark foreboding characters and atmosphere to create a very gothic feel, what are the challenges you face in building the dark worlds you create?

Devyn Q.: Keeping up with the details. I have a bad habit of forgetting something I’ve written earlier, and then throwing in a curve that wasn’t supposed to be in the book at all. It’s taken me a long time to learn to keep my plot details straight so that everything corresponds book to book. At first I was a seat of the pants writer, but as the series has developed, I’ve had to sit down and map things out detail for detail.

The challenges I face are creating a fantasy world within a realistic setting. I, for some reason, have to have a reason evil exists. For example, I don’t buy the easy out for making a vampire—a bite, you die, rise as a vampire. That’s not good enough for me. I want to know how it’s happening. Is it an infection, a demon inside, possession by an incorporeal spirit? I want to know, dammit, and until it is explained, I am not satisfied. I sit down and write out the creation of my demons, witches, vampires, etc… I’m not satisfied to throw a pair of fangs on a vamp and call it good. Also my books tend to focus on ordinary people finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances. How do they deal with that and how does that affect them. Make them stronger, or weaker? Do they crumble or stand up for the fight? That’s always interesting to find out how they’ll act when push comes to shove.

PNR: Your hero and heroine in THE KEEPER OF ETERNITY, Julienne and Morgan have a dark and edgy relationship; could you tell us about the development of these characters? Who was your favorite to write? Most difficult?

Devyn Q.: Morgan was my favorite to write hands down. Mostly because he’s old, he’s cranky and he’s totally not human and so won’t react in human ways. He doesn’t follow the rules of polite society and has a tendency to be a real jerk.

Julienne was easy to write. An ordinary woman learning to battle extraordinary circumstances. She has a lot falling into her lap, learning of her legacy and how to use the power she inherits. 

PNR: Your new release, THE KEEPER OF ETERNITY, features a heroine evolving into a powerful witch; why do you feel the “Witch” is becoming such a popular character in the paranormal romance genre?

Devyn Q.: My two cents says that since witches are typically female, it’s the empowerment of the female sex. We’ve all had a moment when we wish we could cast a little spell over a man, or thrown a visual dagger and wished it would connect physically. In paranormal romance, a witchy woman is sexy, strong and in control of herself and the man she wants. What woman wouldn’t want to be a witch (well, maybe except for the battling demons part, LOL)

PNR: You have written in the contemporary, futuristic and paranormal genres. As a writer, what do you like most about the paranormal romance genre? As a reader?  Is there a genre you would like to write but haven’t?

Devyn Q.: I like the paranormal mostly because of my fascination with the occult and the evolution of evil. Since I was a child, I’ve been aware that there is an invisible world surrounding and invading the human one. I fully believe there are forces at work that seek to undermine and destroy. One need not have any religion to feel or sense it. But whatever your belief, it’s there to be used. I use it in my fiction.

As I wrote earlier, I don’t read much fiction, and especially not paranormal fiction. I write it, so it’s boring to read it.

The genre I’d love to take a crack at is humor, but I have no talent for it. My words hit the page like lead, so I have given up the hope I’ll ever publish in humor,.

PNR: THE KEEPER OF ETERNITY has been described as “chilling and suspenseful” Do you feel your writing is character driven or plot driven? Do you find it difficult the juggle the two elements?

Devyn Q.: I’d like to think it’s a nice mix of both plot and character, though I admit when you have the chemistry of Morgan and Julienne, it’s going to tip toward characters. Those two are so well matched they almost write their own dialogue, LOL

PNR: THE KEEPER OF ETERNITY will be released in print, December 2006, as its sequel THE PRICE OF ETERNITY is released from Samhain Publishing in e-book (and print in March 2007). What are your plans for the “Eternity” series?

Devyn Q.: There is a third book in the series, The Challenge of Eternity. Originally I had planned 5 books in the series, but when I sold to Kensington Books my priorities had to change toward contracted books, so that third book got shuffled aside. It’s finished, just unedited. The biggest shake up is a new character will be coming onto the scene, one who threatens to drive a romantic wedge between Morgan and Julienne.

PNR: Congratulations on your upcoming releases from Kensington. Could you tell us a little about the new books and series?

Devyn Q.: Thank you. I have one series through Kensington, the Kith & Kynn books, and two single titles, Flesh and the Devil and Fallen (working title). All four books are about vampires, but each features a different subspecies. In the Kynn books, the vampires are the Kynn, descended from angels fallen to earth during the war between heaven and hell. They do not subsist on blood per se, but sexual energies. They only take a bit of blood to make a psychic connection. The Kynn do not have fangs, though they are shape-shifters and allergic to sunlight. 

In Flesh and the Devil, the vampires are fang ridden baddies, and spread their infection via demon. I was pleased my editor called it “Hot, Decadent and Fascinating!” when she sent the copy edit. I was sure they’d make me cut some of the more sexually intriguing scenes, but she let them stand. Readers are going to get an eyeful, LOL, of Auguste Maximilian in action <G>.

For Fallen, the vamps are an alien species of dimensional shifters called the Niviane Idesha. They are a dying race, come to Earth to integrate with humans. In return for a human carrying the symbiotic parasite inside, they grant longevity and other powers. They are shadow shifters, able to become and move as a shadow.  They are classified as “psi-sangre”, needing to consume blood charged by sexual energy to survive. Or more simply, humans are like batteries to recharge themselves on. They also do not have fangs, though their tongues extend and sharpen enough to nick human skin.

Though they share characteristics, each species is unique.

PNR: Can you tell us about the projects are you currently working on, what can readers expect to see in the coming months?

Devyn Q.: I am currently deep into Fallen and facing a Nov 30 deadline, so that is my main and only focus at the moment. Once I turn it over, I am expanding the Kynn books from novellas to full length novels.

PNR: Thank you, Devyn, for taking time out to talk to us. Where can readers find out what’s new and how can they contact you?

Devyn Q.: Thank you for the invitation.

Readers can find me at www.devynquinn.com  and can email me at author@devynquinn.com

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Coming in 2007


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Kensington Publishing
(Aphrodisia)
April 3, 2007
ISBN #075821653X
320 pages
Trade Size
 
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FLESH AND THE DEVIL - Vice cop Brenden Wallace has walked on the dark side for too many years. Now, newly divorced, he's smoking too much and sleeping too little, and the empty darkness in his soul is the blackest part of any night—until he's assigned to investigate an escort service called Exotic Jewels and meets Líadán Niamh. Lushly beautiful, she is the embodiment of seduction and thrilling control. She arouses Brenden's most feral desires—fierce, bone-deep needs they explore together, mouth to mouth and skin to skin. But Líadán's hungry kiss is more dangerous than Brenden could have imagined. Women are turning up dead, and every clue leads Brenden back to Líadán—and a raw, brutal passion that could cost him his life...

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Samhain Publishing
September 26, 2006
ISBN #1599981440
e-Book
 
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Returning home after twenty years, a young woman learns that her past is steeped in witchcraft as she uncovers hidden family secrets and her own future destiny.

Julienne Hunter had it all. And she used it—her beauty, wit and grace—with a heedless and reckless daring to climb to the pinnacle of success in the world of high fashion. There was no tomorrow in her glittering world and no secrets that her charm could not hide.

But old bodies will not stay buried and Julienne is about to learn the truth of her own lost past. Crushing tragedy lures Julienne back to the family home her mother, Cassandra, abandoned over twenty-one years ago--and straight into the unwelcome embrace of the man her mother feared.

Morgan Saint-Evanston.

Dark. Brooding. Sexy as hell. He's everything a woman desires, yet his own dangerous secrets have tainted his heart and blackened his soul. He is a man Julienne will dare to take as her lover even as he plunges her into an occult realm where human souls are open barter...

Warning, this title contains the following: Some sexual situations, violence.

Don't Miss Book 2

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Samhain Publishing
December 2006
ISBN #n/a
e-Book
 
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THE PRICE OF ETERNITY The Scrolls of Cachaen.

Remembered only as legend, these writings gathered by an obscure sect of wizards were hidden because of the diabolical forces they could unleash from the netherworld. Lost for eight millennia, the resting place of the scrolls is accidentally discovered by Xavier D'Shagre. Wounded and dying, the sorcerer seeks to possess the writings to restore his waning magic. Revenge fires his hatred, lit by Morgan Saint-Evanston, the assassin who murdered Xavier's beloved wife, Nisidia.

Xavier vows he will not rest until his enemy is dead.

The sorcerer's search for the scrolls is discovered by an unlikely source: Julienne Blackthorne. Believed dead, her body was tossed into a charnel room. Alive amongst the reek of the battle dead, she seeks to escape her hellish incarceration. Time is against her, for she carries the embryo of a vampiric daemon that will consume her if it is not fed human blood. Julienne must escape Xavier's dungeons and find Morgan, her last hope for survival in the realm of Sclyd.

 
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MojoCastle Press
October 1, 2006
ISBN #1601800088
e-Book
 
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BREAKING BONDS - The year is 2105. In the aftermath of nuclear devastation, the people of earth have retreated underground to rebuild their shattered society. Citizens now live under a one world order, as governed by the "Illuminati". Conformity is the sole rule. Any man or woman deviating from accepted behaviors is sent for retraining. If retraining fails, termination follows.

Rated: The Dungeon, No HEA allowed! Warning to readers: Hard BDSM.



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 Whispers Publishing
September 2006
ISBN #
n/a
eBook
 
BIKER CHICK - A weekend trip to Carlsbad Caverns turns into Melanie’s Brook’s own sexual odyssey when sexy biker Jake Marrs ignites a passion she believed long dead. Can Jake master her wanton desire the way same way he’s conquered the desert highways?
 
 
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Whispers Publishing
October 20, 2006
ISBN # n/a
eBook

ONE NAUGHTY NIGHT Facing another endless evening eating TV dinners and staring at the boob tube, Cecile decides to give herself a night she'll never forget. Dressing up in her trampiest clothes, she heads to the local bar determined to engage in a one night stand with the best looking man in the place.

At the bar, Cecile finds her man. The rules of the encounter? No names exchanged. Just one night of hot sex, no holds barred.

Her fantasy night behind her, she returns to work the next Monday, where she's mortified to learn that her mystery lover is her new boss, Ross Kincaid.

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